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        The Isle of the Virgins: A Romance

      Buffalo: The Wenborne-Sumner Co., 1899. Beautiful gift quality copy. Top edge gilt. Previous owner's inked gift inscription on 2nd Ffep, shallow tear and creasing at bottom edge of frontispiece, slight character soiling to title page and p.324-328, else textblock very clean and tight. Lightly rubbed binding with light shelf wear, lightly frayed corners. 328pp.. First Edition. Illustrated Cloth. Very Good. Illus. by Frontispiece. 12mo over 6¾" 7¾" tall. Hard Cover.

      [Bookseller: Clausen Books, RMABA]
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        Story Of Little Black Sambo (The)

      London: Grant Richards, 1899. 1st Edition. Green Cloth. Vg. 16mo. (Helen Bannerman). viii,57,[1 blank], 1,[printer's imprint], [1 blank] pp. 27 full page illustrations by the author, engraved on wood and color printed by Edmund Evans. No. 4 of the Dumpy books for Children.1st printing with only the 4 titles listed. Original pale green cloth lettered and stamped in dark green with ruled borders and verttical stripes. Some minor rubbing to cloth and some very light internal spotting. A very small (approx 2mm) marginal chip to page 11, not affecting text. Still, one of the nicest copies you will find of this very scarce item, usually found in much worse condition. Housed in a green full morocco clamshell case with gilt lettering on spine.

      [Bookseller: Barnaby Rudge Booksellers- ABAA]
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        THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

      London: Leonard Smithers and Co, 1899. First edition. Very Good +. One of 1000 numbered copies. Very Good+ or a little better with spine a trifle faded, a few small bumps on corners and small, 1-inch sticker on inner paste-down, partially removed. Internal contents are clean and tight. & & Wilde's comedic masterpiece, a social satire, attempts to "treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality." The importance of this work can hardly be overstated. As a comedic play, it is second only to Shakespeare. First performed on the stage in 1895, it received much critical acclaim and public approbation, but its run was short-lived. Shortly after opening, Wilde entered into legal battles which ultimately led to his imprisonment and subsequent exile to Paris. As a result, he would produce no other comic or dramatic work. To this day, Wilde's dialogues and word play in "The Importance of Being Earnest" continue to inspire and amuse audiences worldwide. Housed in a custom chemise with slipcase. Very Good +.

      [Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books]
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        The Importance of Being Earnest

      London: Leonard Smithers and Co,, 1899. A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. Small quarto (205 × 150 mm). Contemporary green morocco, titles to spine and monogram to upper board gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Bookplate of Harry G. Sperling. Slightly rubbed at extremities, endpapers tanned from turn-ins. An excellent copy. First edition, the regular issue of 1,000 copies. Wilde's final play and his comic masterpiece was written in 1894. Within two weeks of its opening in February 1895, Wilde began his ill-conceived libel trial against the Marquis of Queensbury which lead to Wilde's trial for homosexuality and subsequent imprisonment. As a consequence, the play was not published until after Wilde's release in 1898.

      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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        An Experimental Research Into Surgical Shock

      nbsp;Philadelphia -J. B. Lippincott, 1899 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A medical text investigating as aspects of the body and its affect from surgical shock, including chapters specifically on bones, the diaphragm and liver. Inscribed by the author. First edition. An essay awarded the Cartwright Prize for 1887. With diagrams and illustrations throughout. This copy was presented by Sir Gilbert Barling, BT. Barling was an English physician who was involved in the setting up of the Birmingham Branch of the British Empire Cancer Campaign (now Cancer Research UK) and became its first Chairman. Condition: In a full cloth binding. Externally, worn to extremities and sunning to the spine. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean with a presentation label to the front free endpaper and author's inscription to the front pastedown. Overall: VERY GOOD.

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Mir zur Feier. Gedichte.

      1. edition. Berlin: Georg Heinrich Meyer 1899. [4] + 120 pp. Uncut copy in publisher's cover. Cover weakly marked of use, internally nice and clean

      [Bookseller: Peter Grosells Antikvariat]
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        MEMOIRS OF THE BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP MUSEUM OF POLYNESIAN ETHNOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY -- Hawaiian Feather Work & Ancient Hawaiian Stone Implements & Additional Notes on Hawaiian Feather Work & An Index to the Islands of the Pacific Ocean

      Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1899-1902-1903-1900. First edition. Hardcover. Green buckram, red leather spine label printed in gilt. Very good. 4 vols. bound in one./No Dust Jacket. Respectively, as per above titles: 81 (2) pages, 17 pages, 100 pages, 170 pages. A plethora of black and white plates most with multiple images, illustrations in the text, maps and two color lithographs. With Index of Vol. I, 1899-1903 containing a List of Plates, Illustrations in the Text, and Alphabetical Index. Original wrappers bound-in. Clean and fresh internally, bookplate and label front paste-down only ex-library marking, modest extremity rubbing.

      [Bookseller: Royoung bookseller, Inc.]
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        THE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (Larger Temple Shakespeare Limited Edition 12 Volumes complete)

      London: J. M. Dent, 1899. 1899-1900. A fine set of 12 volumes in original highly decorative full vellum bindings. "This Edition on hand-made paper is limited to one hundred and seventy-five copies for England, of which this is no. 83.""With many illustrations, antiquarian and topographical". Colour plates with captioned tissue guards. Vellum bindings with gilt decoration to the spines, gilt vignette to the centre of the front boards, boards with bevelled edges. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. Bindings very good and bright with very light surface wear/soiling only. Contents clean and tight, engraved bookplates to the front paste-downs, slight spotting to a few plates/tissue guards otherwise unmarked. A superb limited edition set, beautifully bound.. Limited Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. 8vo (15 x 21.5cm).

      [Bookseller: Loe Books]
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        Overland Monthly 1899 (2 Volumes)

      San Francisco: Overland Monthly Publishing Company, 1899. First Edition. Three Quarter Leather. Very Good. First appearance in print of the following Jack London tales: "To the Man on the Trail (A Klondike Christmas)," "The White Silence (Another Story of Malemute Kid)," "The Son of the Wolf (Third of the 'Malemute Kid' Stories)," "The Men of Forty-Mile ('Malemute Kid' Deals with a Duel)," "In a Far Country," "The Priestly Prerogative (Sixth of the 'Malemute Kid' Stories)," "The Wife of a King" and "The Wisdom of the Trail." "The Wife of a King" later became part of London's first book, "The Son of the Wolf." Extremely rare! viii, 570, vii, 568 pp. 8vo. 2 volume bound set of the Overland Monthly January-June (Volume XXXIII--Second Series) and July-December (Volume XXXIV--Second Series), 1899. Binding is 3/4 tan leather over marbled boards. Spines have slightly worn and faded black lettering. Bindings aged, soiled and worn. Leather spine and corners are scuffed. Hinges starting. Green speckled page edges are slightly aged and/or soiled. Interiors are aged but clean, crisp and tight.

      [Bookseller: Artisan Books & Bindery]
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        Poetical Sketches

      (London: Hacon & Ricketts, 1899). Octavo. xciii pp. One of eight copies printed on vellum by the Ballantyne Press, under the supervision of Charles Ricketts. Illustrated with wood engravings by Ricketts, including a full-page engraved title page with an allegorical representation of Spring, surrounded by ornate borders. The figure of Spring is also depicted on the facing page, inside the large opening initial letter O. Two other historiated initials and various wood-engraved decorations are found throughout. The beauty of the book's design and production is enhanced by the printing on vellum. This copy is in an Arts & Crafts binding designed by Ricketts, specially bound for Laurence Hodson, noted private press collector and patron. Books produced by Ricketts and the Vale Press were usually bound in white buckram, blue paper boards, or patterned paper; however, if they so desired, customers could have their books bound in pigskin or morocco by Riviere and Son under Ricketts's supervision. Bound in red morocco with Arts & Crafts-style gilt rules and circles and gilt turn-ins, stamped with "HR" for Hacon & Ricketts. Hodson's initials are gilt-stamped at the center of a circular design on the front cover, and the initials V. P. are gilt-stamped to the bottom of the spine. Slightest rubbing to one corner, and one small spot of abrasion to the spine, else very fine. With Hodson's booklabel to front pastedown.

      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
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        The Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley ... [With:] The Later Work of Aubrey Beardsley ... [And with:] The Uncollected Works of Aubrey Beardsley

      London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1899-1901-1925. 3 volumes, 4to. (11 x 8 inches). Half-titles in each volume. 501 plates (including six extra plates in the third volume for this edition only). Publisher's cream cloth with title stamped on upper covers within an architectural frame in green or gold (very minor soiling). The deluxe edition on japan vellum, number 94 of 110 copies: a wonderfully illustrated set, depicting the complete oeuvre of the famed artist of the Aesthetic and Art Nouveau movements. Beadsley was largely self-taught and began working as an illustrator at the age of nineteen, achieving notable and lasting acclaim for his illustrations in the Dent edition of Malory's Le Morte Darthur in 1892. In 1894, Beardsley became the art editor of The Yellow Book under the general editorship of Oscar Wilde, but his advancing tuberculosis and Wilde's arrest put an end to that satirical periodical. Although in increasingly poor health, Beardsley continued to produce illustrations, including those in The Savoy, The Rape of the Lock, and Lysistrata. He would die prematurely in France on 16 March 1898.

      [Bookseller: Donald Heald Rare Books]
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        AN AMERICAN FOUR-IN-HAND IN BRITAIN

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. Reprint. Hardcover. Covers soiled; paper splits to hinges but covers very tight. Very Good overall. Decorated red cloth. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the dedication page: "G. D. Packer Esq/Friend & veteran(?)/With regards/Andrew Carnegie/Jany 1st 1903." Gibson D. Packer was counsel for the Carnegie Steel Company.

      [Bookseller: Charles Agvent]
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        OPORTO OLD AND NEW. Being a historical record of THE PORT WINE TRADE, and a tribute to British commercial enterprise in the north of Portugal

      London: Herbert E. Harper, 1899.. FIRST EDITION 1899, WITH F.A. COCKBURN'S BOOKPLATE ON FIRST PASTEDOWN, AND A LETTER TO HIM THANKING HIM FOR THE LOAN OF THIS BOOK, FROM KENNETH, ON DAILY TELEGRAPH HEADED NOTE PAPER. 4to, approximately 250 x 190 mm, 10 x 7½ inches, photogravure portrait of His Majesty Dom Carlos I with tissue guard, illustrated throughout with illustrations in the text, 11 are full page, pages: [x], 1-314, x pages of Index, title page printed in red and black and complete with half title, original publisher's cloth, gilt lettering to spine, central gilt coat of arms to upper cover, gilt top edge, original pale yellow endpapers. Binding rubbed at edges, patchy staining to covers, staining just affecting first pastedown, pastedowns, endpapers and tissue guard have pale age-browning, 2 inner gatherings slighty weak but still holding with no loose pages, pale age-browning to margins, otherwise a very good copy. See Wine into Words by James Gabler, page 241. He states underneath the listing: Rare. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.

      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton]
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        A Thousand Days in the Arctic

      London: Harper & Brothers 1899, 1st U.K. edition. () xxi,551;xv,580pp. Very good. Tall octavo. Original gilt decorated blue cloth. 15 plates, 5 folding maps, numerous text illus. Top edge gilt. Corners a bit bumped. A touch of foxing on the first few leaves. Arctic Biblio. 7943 First edition first issue with the decorated front boards. A superior copy of a book difficult to get in nice condition. The narrative of the Jackson-Harmsworth expedition financed by Harmsworth and lead by Jackson. The famous meeting of Nansen, Johansen and Jackson occured on this expedition after they left the Fram and her North Pole drift..

      [Bookseller: Aquila Books]
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        The Wind Among the Reeds

      London : Elkin, Matthews , 1899 . First Edition . VG . 12MO . With the signature of and presumably from the library of S A (Saxon Arnold) Sydney-Turner, a long-time member of the Bloomsbury Group, and also with the label of Robin Skelton, poet and academic. No errata slip and errors still present. Light wear but gilt very faded and rubbed both on covers and spine. Wade 27. Scarce.

      [Bookseller: Neil Williams, Bookseller]
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        The Life and Works of Charles LambIn Twelve Volumes

      London - Macmillan and Co., 1899 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. The collected works of Charles Lamb, eighteenth-century writer and essayist. With introduction and notes by Alfred AingerEdition de luxe, limited to 675 sets. Charles Lamb (1775 1834) was an English essayist, best known for his many works on the life and plays of Shakespeare. Lamb is perhaps best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (17641847). Lamb has been referred to by E. V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as the most lovable figure in English literature. Alfred Ainger (1837 1904) was an English biographer and critic. He wrote memoirs of Thomas Hood and George Crabbe, but is best known for his biography of Charles Lamb and his edition of Lamb's works in 6 volumes (188388). He was a contributor the Dictionary of National Biography, writing the entries on Lamb, Alfred Tennyson, Frederick Tennyson, Charles Tennyson Turner and George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier, under the initials A. A. . Containing The Essays of Elia (Volume I), The Last Essays of Elia (Volume II), Poems Plays and Miscellaneous Essays in Two Volumes (Volumes III and IV), Mrs Leicester's School and Other Writings in Prose and Verse in Two Volumes (Volumes V and VI), Tales from Shakespeare (Volume VII); Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger (Volume VIII), and his Letters in four volumes (Volumes IX-XII). Complete in twelve volumes. Condition: In blue cloth binding with gilt detailing to spine. Externally smart, with just a few marks to the boards. Internally, firmly bound. Ink signature to half title of Volume I. Pages are bright, but with some scattered light foxing. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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        Sonnets of William Shakespeare, The

      London: George Bell and Sons, 1899. - In An Exhibition Binding By Zaehnsdorf[ZAEHNSDORF, binders]. SHAKESPEARE, William. The Sonnets of William Shakespeare. London: George Bell and Sons, 1899. Octavo (6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in; 159 x 122 mm). [154] pp. Printed by the Chiswick Press. Borders and initials by Christopher Dean. Contemporary exhibition binding by Zaehnsdorf (stamp-signed to front free endpaper, with exhibition blindstamp on rear paste-down endpaper) of full black crushed morocco with repeating pattern of gilt WS initials within laurels, and gilt tooled roses, rosettes, and closed and open dots, the design reiterated on spine. Gilt-rolled edges. Turn-ins with gilt roses and stems. Blue silk endleaves. Expert and almost invisible restoration to spine tips. A fine copy.The love sonnets of Shakespeare, finely printed by the Chiswick Press, exceptionally bound by Zaehnsdorf."There are few firms of craft bookbinders that can claim an existence of longer than one hundred years. One which can is Zaehnsdorf Limited, founded in 1842 by Joseph Zaehnsdorf. It remained under the direct control of three successive generations of the Zaehnsdorf family.Bindings produced by the firm of Zaehnsdorf are still admired today the excellence of craftsmanship which they display" (Broomhead, The Zaehnsdorfs (1842-1947): Craft Bookbinders, p. 11). The Chiswick Press was founded by Charles Whittingham I (1767-1840) in 1811. The management of the Press was taken over in 1840 by the founder's nephew Charles Whittingham II (1795-1876). The name was first used in 1811, and the Press continued to operate until 1962. Charles Whittingham I gained notoriety for his popularly priced classics, but the Chiswick Press became very influential in English printing and typography under Charles Whittingham II who, most notably, published some of the early designs of William Morris. The Chiswick Press deserves conspicuous credit for the reintroduction of quality printing into the trade in England when in 1844 it produced The Diary of Lady Willoughby (1844-47) set in the reign of Charles l.

      [Bookseller: David Brass Rare Books, Inc.]
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        SING-SONG. A Nursery Rhyme Book. With one hundred and twenty illustrations by Arthur Hughes. Engraved by the brothers Dalziel.

      Bound in full morocco, gilt by Douglas Cockerill , with decoration in blind and gilt; signed with a monogram and dated 1899. Octavo. Some spotting on title and throughout; slight wear to gilt on upper board; else a very good copy in a handsome binding. First published 1872. Louis Davis was a well-known water-colourist, creator of stained glass and a book illustrator. His work was heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and by the Art and Crafts movement. The book bears his signature on a front endpaper in pencil; the binding incorporates his monogram in both upper and lower panels.

      [Bookseller: David Miles]
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        The Works of Alphonse Daudet

      Boston: Little Brown, 1899. Limited. hardcover. 24 volumes. Each volume is illustrated with a frontispiece and other fine plates, some of which are in color. 8vo, handsomely bound 3/4 burgundy morocco over marbled boards with ornate gilt-decorated spines; marbled endpapers, uncut edges, top edge gilt. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1899. A near fine set in a lovely binding. The Edition de Luxe. Number 28 out of only 100 sets printed.

      [Bookseller: Argosy Book Store]
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        Single Hand-Colored Plate, the HIMANTOPUS KNUDSENI From AVES HAWAIIENSES: The Birds of the Sandwich Islands

      London: Taylor & Francis for R. H. Porter, Newman West Imprinter, 1899. From the first edition. A beautifully produced hand coloured Lithograph by Frederick William Frowhawk of a Himantopus Knudseni, the Black-Necked Stilt, in a grassy wetlands setting. Newman West was the Imprinter. Folio [325 x 260 mm], the lithograph is printed on heavy cream stock. Beautifully preserved, the colours are bright and vivid, the paper clean and fresh. A SCARCE HAND-COLOURED LITHOGRAPH FROM ONE OF THE TWO GREATEST ORNITHOLOGICAL WORKS ON HAWAII. A beautiful publication, the plates for this work were produced over nearly a decade, containing magnificent hand-coloured lithographs of Hawaiian birds. The plates were drawn and lithographed by Frederick W. Frohawk, one of the leading English zoological artist and lepidopterist of his time. For backgrounds Frohawk drew upon the plates in Isabella Sincairs 1885 work, ‘Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands. The exact print run is unknown, but is believed to be roughly only 250 copies. In 1887, with the support and encouragement of Alfred Newton (Professor of Zoology at Magdalene College in Cambridge), British ornithologist and explorer, Scott Barchard Wilson went to Hawaii to study and collect information on the local birds. Although scientific knowledge of some species have been obtained in 1778 by Captain James Cook, no serious ornithological exploration of the Islands has been taken place in over a century. On his return, Wilson, with the assistance of Arthur H. Evans, wrote Aves Hawaiienses. (Evans was a colleague of Professor Newton at Cambridge). The work became an instant success mainly due to the exquisite stunningly hand-colored plates, which were executed in fine detail. The plates show magnificent species such as the Hawaiian Honeycreeper, Palila, Alala, Mamo, Hawaiian Goose, Apapane, Amakihi, Moloka'i and Maui Creeper, Akialoa, Maui & Kaua'i Nukupu'u, Kona Finch, Noio, Hawaiian Noddy, Moho, and many others. Hand-colored plates of the original edition were drawn and lithographed by renowned English zoological artist and lepidopterist, Frederick William Frohawk. Illustrations captioned with scientific names of each species. In the ensuing century, unfortunately half of the 64 species depicted in the work have become extinct or endangered. This plate shows a Himantopus Knudseni, or black-necked stilt, a black and white member of the family Recurvirostridae.

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        Among the Himalayas

      Archibald Constable, 1899. First edition. First Edition. Hardback. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition 1899 Constable, original pictorial cloth, spine slightly darkened, spine ends frayed, endpapers slightly spotted, else a very good clean and bright copy. Excellent condition colour folding map of Sikhim at rear. Scarce in this condition.

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        Oliver Cromwell

      London, Paris, New York and Edinburgh -Goupil and Co, 1899 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. A highly descriptive, and wonderfully insightful exploration into the life of Oliver Cromwell. Limited edition. Of this work one-thousand four-hundred and seventy-five copies on fine paper have been printed, of which this is number one-thousand and seventy-eight. Features forty-four plates, with the original captioned tissue guards. Including a coloured frontispiece, and a facsimile of a letter written by Cromwell, dated 1657. Samuel Rawson Gardiner was an English historian, regarded into the 21st century as the foremost historian of the Puritan revolution. As a foremost historian of the era, Gardiner's evaluation of Oliver Cromwell is especially significant. No figure in English history has called forth a greater range of evaluations. Gardiner concluded:The manit is ever so with the noblestwas greater than his work. In his own heart lay the resolution to subordinate self to public ends, and to subordinate material to moral and spiritual objects of desire. He was limited by the defects which make imperfect the character and intellect even of the noblest and the wisest of mankind. He was limited still more by the unwillingness of his contemporaries to mould themselves after his ideas. The blows that he had struck against the older system had their enduring effects. Few wished for the revival of the absolute kingship, of the absolute authority of a single House of Parliament, or of the Laudian system of governing the Church. . . . The living forces of Englandforces making for the destruction of those barriers which he was himself breaking through, buoyed him upas a strong and self-confident swimmer, he was carried onward by the flowing tide. Condition: In original calf binding with gilt design, and crest to both boards. Externally, sound, although with very light marks to the boards,and very slight fading to the spine. Minor shelfwear to the head and tail of the spine. Internally, firmly bound, very bright, and generally clean, with the occasional instances of lightspotting. Ink inscription to the front pastedown, dated 1956. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED..

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        THE ROUGH RIDERS Inscribed by the Colonel to one of his Rough Riders

      New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. Professional paper repair to the hinges. Gilt bright on the front cover and spine. A Near Fine and exceptional copy. Olive cloth with gilt lettering and medal in gilt on front cover. Roosevelt's classic account of his experience as Colonel of the First U. S. Volunteer Cavalry, the "Rough Riders," during the Spanish American War. This copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front free endpaper to one of his Rough Riders: "To/Lt. Roger S. Fitch/with warm regards of/his old colonel/Theodore Roosevelt/June '99." Fitch, a member of Troop G of the Rough Riders, is listed on page 256. On page 297 in Appendix D, the penultimate page of the book, Fitch has marked a passage and written in pencil a brief signed note how the text was taken from letters written to him. Excerpts from a diary Fitch wrote while under Roosevelt's command were published in a 1997 edition of this book with additions by Richard Bak. The Rough Riders were the most widely publicized single regiment in American military history, perhaps equaled later by the Green Berets and more recently the Navy Seals. Roosevelt's most sought after book, very difficult to find signed, especially in the first edition. Roosevelt recruited and commanded the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry in 1898, and the flamboyant unit, popularly dubbed the Rough Riders, served in Cuba. An especially bold charge up Kettle Hill during the hot summer of 1898, near San Juan Hill, received widespread press coverage, and made Roosevelt a national figure. Fitch began his military career in May 1898 when he joined the Rough Riders as a private. He was assigned to Troop G and participated in all the engagements in Cuba. Upon the recommendation of Colonel Roosevelt he was appointed a second lieutenant of Cavalry in the Regular Army on 1 June 1899 and assigned to the First Cavalry. With this regiment he took part in the Philippine Insurrection, seeing action in the Malvar Campaign and in the first and second Loboo Expeditions. While there he was promoted to first lieutenant. Roosevelt said of Fitch: "He was with me personally both at Guasimas and San Juan. He showed cool daring, resolution, initiative--in short every soldierly quality; excellent alike in battle, in camp and on the march." Fitch was eventually promoted to colonel and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his service in France in the first World War. Colonel Fitch assumed command of the famed 11th Cavalry at the Presidio of Monterey, California, and at the completion of his two-year tour of duty there retired in October 1930. On the occasion of his retirement at that time General Douglas MacArthur announced: "the Army's loss is Monterey's gain!" Fitch returned to active duty and was assigned as Post Commander to the new Fort Ord in October 1940. He died in 1955, a decorated veteran of three wars, at the age of 78.

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        Sense and Sensibility. With an Introduction by Joseph Jacobs and Illustrations by Chris Hammond.

      London: George Allen, 1899. . First edition thus, 8vo, xxviii, 389, (1) pp. Black and white illustrations. Original gilt decorated green cloth, a.e.g., an excellent bright copy.

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        GHOSTS: BEING THE EXPERIENCES OF FLAXMAN LOW

      London: C. Arthur Pearson Limited,. 1899. original green cloth, front panel stamped in brown, yellow and black, spine panel stamped in gold.. Top edge of pages a bit dusty, some rubbing to edges of cloth,. several spots along lower edge of outer front joint, upper corner. tips gently bumped, a nearly fine copy. A very pretty copy of a. scarce book seldom found such nice condition. (#134649). First edition. Collects the twelve Flaxman Low psychic detective ghost stories first published in two series of six stories each in PEARSON'S MAGAZINE in 1898 and 1899 under the pen name of "E. and H. Heron." "Series of hauntings investigated by Flaxman Low, an occult Sherlock Holmes, culminating in a confrontation with his Moriarty, the evil Dr. Kalmarkane." - Robert Knowlton. "Probably the first important adventures of an occult detective, if Le Fanu's Dr. Hesselius is momentarily overlooked ... Derivative from Doyle, but important historically, despite commercial level." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 799. "A landmark contribution to horror fiction." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 334. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 151. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-85. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 178. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, pp. 253-54. Bleiler (1978), p. 99. Reginald 11896.

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        The Strand Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly, VolumesI to XVII, January 1891 toJune 1899

      June 1899., 1891 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. The firstseventeen volumes of the collected monthly Strand Magazines, uniformly bound in crushed morocco bindings. Adorned with hundreds of illustrations in the text throughout from numerous contributors. Seventeenconsecutive volumes all present, each complete in its own right. The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine composed of fictional stories and factual articles founded by George Newnes. It was first published in the United Kingdom from January 1891 to March 1950 running to 711 issues, though the first issue was on sale well before Christmas 1890. Its immediate popularity is evidenced by an initial sale of nearly 300,000. Sales increased in the early months, before settling down to a circulation of almost 500,000 copies a month which lasted well into the 1930s. The Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were first published in The Strand with illustrations by Sidney Paget. With the serialisation of Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, sales reached their peak. Readers lined up outside the magazine's offices, waiting to get the next instalment. The A. J. Raffles, a gentleman thief, stories of Ernest William Hornung first appeared in The Strand in the 1890s. Other contributors included Grant Allen, Margery Allingham, J. E. Preston Muddock, H. G. Wells, E. C. Bentley, Agatha Christie, C. B. Fry, Walter Goodman, E. Nesbit, W. W. Jacobs, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Morrison, Dorothy L. Sayers, Georges Simenon, Edgar Wallace, Max Beerbohm, P. G. Wodehouse, Dornford Yates and even Winston Churchill. In addition to the many fiction pieces and illustrations, The Strand was also known for some time as the source of ground-breaking brain teasers, under a column called Perplexities, first written by Henry Dudeney. Containing first editions of the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Sir George Newnes,wasanewspaper proprietor and politician. On 24 August 1881, reading the Manchester Evening News, Newnes's attention was arrested by an item, A runaway train. In that moment he conceived the idea of a journal made up entirely of entertaining and interesting anecdotestit-bits as he called them. He failed to obtain outside financial backing for his idea, but scraped together sufficient to produce the first number of his weekly journal, which appeared on 22 October 1881. Within two hours he had sold 5000 copies. Tit-Bits was to be the matrix of twentieth-century popular journalism. A man of business, all bustle and energy, by bold innovationprize competitions, free insurance schemes, and treasure huntsand an unerring sense of the prejudices and preferences of his lower middle-class readers, Newnes ensured his journal's commercial success. But he sought also to improve the literary diet of the masses. It was his earnest hope that readers of Tit-Bits, saved at least from reading the worst, might develop an interest in better forms of literature. A token of his earnestness was the way he scrutinised every line printed, and he would remove anything he thought unduly lurid, sensational, or smutty. It was H. Greenhough Smith who gave Newnes the idea that was to become The Strand Magazinea monthly, each issue complete in itself, like a book, all stories and articles lavishly illustrated. The first number appeared in January 1891, and the print of 300,000 sold out completely. Monthly sales were soon to exceed half a million, and The Strand became a perennial best-seller. The magazine exercised an important and beneficial influence upon English short-story writing. It also created and enhanced the reputations of many graphic artists, like Sidney Paget (18601908), the first illustrator of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, Sherlock Holmes. (DNB)Condition: Incrushed moroccobindings, with gilt lettering to the spines. Externallygenerally sound, although rubbed withsome wear to the spines. Rear hinge to volume fifteenis slightly strained but holding firm. Internally, each volume is firmly bound. L.

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        ORIENTATIONS

      London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. First Edition. Hardcover. As usually the case with this book, the weak hinges are cracked, in this case with complete paper separation though both covers are still tight. The text of this title is often found browned, but here it is bright and clean but for the endpapers and the half title page, though with no serious effect on Maugham's inscription. The front free endpaper is detached but present. The dark green cloth with black lettering is fresh and bright. Very Good with a singularly superb inscription. The second issue of three with edges trimmed smooth. There was no American edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half title page incorporating the printed title of the book in the inscription: "These are quite the author's/first stories & were written/when he was very, very/young & did not know/how to write./ORIENTATIONS/by/W. Somerset Maugham." A scarce title by Maugham, his first book of short stories, rarely found signed let alone with such a fabulous inscription.

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        BAIREI KACHO^ GAFU 2 vols

      1899. Good. [EHON] Kono BAIREI, artist. BAIREI KACHO GAFU 2 vols. Tokyo: Okura Shoten, Meiji 32 [1899]. Large format books of oban-size color woodcut images, each sealed "Bairei." 37 x 25 cm (24 1/2 by 9 3/4 inches). Each of the volumes is comprised of 25 images, for a total of 50, that show birds throughout the changing seasons (vol. 1: Spring & Summer, vol. 2: Fall & Winter). The designs are fresh and lively - perhaps the finest of the large-format bird compilations of mid to late Meiji era Japan, and certainly the scarcest. This copy, a very good printing with lovely colors, is very clean. Mitchell 217 references this printing (seen by him) as a re-issue of the Okura edition of 1883. Both issues are very unusual. Complete, with the original printed fukuro dust-covers.

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        Dracula

      New York, NY: Doubleday and McClure Co, 1899. First Edition . Hardcover. Very Good. Size=5.5"x7.5. (full book description) Doubleday and McClure Co, New York, NY, 1899. 1st American Ed VG-, Hard Cover, No Dust Jacket. Size=5.5"x7.5", 378pgs(notes). Brown cloth, dark blue front cover and spine lettering, pictorial front cover design with dark brown, regular brown cloth and dark blue castle with gold sun rising next to castle and 8 bats flying in the sky. True First American Edition as it has 3 lines at foot of Title Page as follows Line 1. New York, Line 2. Doubleday & McClure Co., Line 3. 1899. 1/8" brown spot head of spine, 1/4" cloth outer layer tear bottom front spine edge, cloth rubbed at spine edges, nicked at fore-edge corner tips, cover bottom fore-edge corners very lightly bumped, spine cloth slightly browned, ink owner name inside both covers, erasure mark inside front cover, pages 180-181 partly browned from news item once stored there,faint 1/8" brown spot on pages ii-vii, o.w. a clean copy. Pages uncut. Rest text pages bright and in Near Fine condition. Great Copy! 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!

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        The Scarlet City. Being the adventures of John Franklyn and his friend Anthony Fuller: In and out and round about the Wicked World in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

      London, Sands and Company. 1899, 1899. First Edition. 8vo. Publisher's dark blue cloth decorated and titled in red and white. Cloth slightly darkened and a trifle rubbed to extremities but showing remarkably well, an attractive solid book. Inscribed by the author's both pseudonymously and with their real names to Samuel Garcia Asher, whose bookplate graces the pastedown in all its armorial glory and who in addition to being a fellow of the Royal Zoological Society and a notable book collector also lived in Berkeley Square just a couple of doors down from Maggs Brothers.

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        The Penycuik Experiments

      London: Adam and Charles Black, 1899. 1st ed., 1899. 8vo. xciii, 177 pp. 46 figs., including many B & W photographs of zebras, zebra-horse crosses. Original zebra skin patterned cloth with gilt titles. Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh from 1882-1927 and a prominent geneticist, Cossar Ewart crossed a zebra stallion with pony mares in order to disprove telegony, a theory which states that if a female mates with more than one male the later offspring will inherit characteristics from the earlier sires. The zebra-horse hybrids were brown with faint stripes. When the same mares were subsequently mated with a pony, the resulting foals showed none of the markings or temperamental characteristics of a zebra. A secondary aim of these experiments was to produce a draught animal for South Africa that was less subject to local diseases and more tractable than a mule. Cossar Ewart writes affectionately about his animals and appreciated their different personalities. The Penycuik Experiments is an important scientific document of pioneering significance in the areas of breeding and genetics. The book has a darkened spine with some wear at the spinal extremities, some slight evidence of bookplate removal from front pastedown else very good plus. The zebra-patterned cloth cover is quite dramatic. Rare.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good.

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        WORKS OF CHARLES DICKENS IN THIRTY-FOUR VOLUMES. With Introduction, General Essay, and Notes by Andrew Lang. With the Two Volume Set of John Forster’s THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS

      London: Chapman and Hall, 1899. 36 volumes, including the original 34 and the additional 2 volumes of the LIFE. The Gadshill Edition. With illustrations after the originals, as well as additional material such as manuscript facsimiles, portraits, etc. 8vo, bound in three-quarter blue morocco, gilt lettered and handsomely gilt tooled in the compartments of the spines, gilt ruled on the covers, t.e.g. A very pleasing and handsome set, the spines as might be typical, have mellowed to a honey brown, the gilt is fresh and well-intact, interiors in excellent condition. Some occasional light aging or rubbing to the extremities. ONE OF THE VERY BEST COLLECTED SETS OF DICKENS. It “contains all the original illustrations, with many additional ones by Charles Green, Henry Furniss, Maurice Grieffenhagen et al”.

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        SECONDA SPEDIZIONE BOTTEGO. L'OMO. VIAGGIO DI UN ESPLORATORE NELL'AFRICA ORIENTALE

      Milano Hoepli 1899 In-ottavo grande (260x180mm), pp. XVI, 650, (2) Legatura coeva in mezza tela. Titolo oro al dorso. Piatti marmorizzati.. Un ritratto del Bòttego in fototipia all'antiporta, 141 illustrazioni in fototipia e in xilografia intercalate n.t., 11 tavv. f.t. e 9 carte a colori f.t., di cui 7 ripiegate f.t. (Ganana, Daua, Lago Regina Margherita e Lago Ciamò, itinerario dell'Omo al Tirgol e al Giubà, Alto Sobat e, infine, carta d'insieme degli itinerari della seconda spedizione Bòttego); le altre due carte, rispettivamente dell'itinerario di Maurizio Sacchi attraverso in Tertale e delle geologia e litologia delle regioni toccate nella spedizione, sono ripiegate tra le pp. 500-501 e 594-595. Sempre tra le pp. 500-501, una tabella ripiegata di osservazioni meteorologiche. Numerose altre tabelle n.t. Perfetto esemplare . Rara prima edizione dell'importantissimo resoconto della seconda spedizione del Bòttego nella regine etiopica della valle dell'Omo, eccezionalmente ricco di informazioni geografiche, etnografiche e scientifiche. Vittorio Bòttego (San Lazzaro Parmense, 1860-Jellem, 1897), ufficiale del Regio Esercito Italiano, fu tra i massimi esploratori italiani dell'Africa Orientale. Bottego richiese il trasferimento nella costituenda Colonia Eritrea nel 1887 allo scopo di condurre spedizioni scientifico-geografiche; le prime spedizioni riguardarono la Dancalia, regione allora quasi inaccessibile e dal clima incredibilmente caldo e secco. Tornato ad Assab, il Bottego intraprese in seguito ulteriori spedizioni nella regione del Giuba, iniziando al contempo a raccogliere esemplari di animali, piante ed altri materiali scientifici e ad inviarli a Parma per quello che diventerà il Museo Eritreo Bottego, oggi incluso nel Museo di Storia Naturale della città. Egli pubblicò un primo resoconto di queste esplorazioni nel libro "Il Giuba Esplorato", in cui non risparmiò critiche all'occupazione italiana di quelle regioni, ma fornì anche notevole materiale geografico e scientifico. Dopo un breve ritorno in Italia, ripartì per una nuova spedizione al fine di determinare una pianta del complesso corso del fiume Omo, che discese dal lago Pagadé al Lago Rodolfo (Lago Turkana), risolvendo il mistero della sua foce. Tentò di proseguire l'esplorazione del territorio etiopico nella regione del Galla, ma dovette soccombere in un'imboscata a Jellem il 17 marzo 1897. Il Vannutelli e il Citerni, superstiti della spedizione, si incaricarono di esporre nella presente opera le importantissime nuove acquisizioni geografiche e scientifiche realizzate in essa. In fine, nutrite appendici con osservazioni astronomiche, meteorologiche, geologiche e naturalistiche. Pubblicazione sotto gli auspici della Società Geografica Italiana, il cui Presidente, Giacomo Doria, è autore della prefazione. Manca al Fossati Bellani.

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        Two Women in the Klondike

      New York USA: G.P. Putnam, 1899 - Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. ISBN:66924. slight rubbing of corners, small watermark across bottom of all pages, slight foxing on first and last few pages, b/w plates throughout, pocket on back endpaper with map of Alaska and the Yukon, gilt top edge, deckle, 485pp. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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        McTeague

      Doubleday & McClure, New York, 1899. McTeague by Frank Norris. First edition, first issue in original red cloth with blind stamped white lettering and borders. Publisher: Doubleday & McClure, New York, 1899. First issue with “moment” as the last word on page 106. Binding is in very good condition, darkening to the spine, intermittent . small vertical chips, not effecting the lettering on the spine. Contents clean. 442 pages. plus ad for this edition in back. Inventory #12-281. Price: $1000.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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        An Ideal Husband

      London: Leonard Smithers and Co,, 1899. Small quarto. Original pink cloth, titles to spine and leaf devices to boards gilt. A little rubbed at extremities, spine very slightly faded. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression.

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        AN IDEAL HUSBAND. "By The Author of LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN."

      London: Leonard Smithers and Co., 1899.. Small quarto. In unsigned three quarter green morocco of recent vintage, raised bands, marbled endsheets, t.e.g., with gilt floral device in spine compartment, crowned by red petals. Usual faint uniform tanning to the textblock, otherwise a very good to fine copy. First edition, trade issue. One of one thousand copies printed. MASON/MILLARD 385.

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        The Conduct of War

      London - Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co Ltd, 1899 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A scarce first edition of Colmar Freiherr Von Der Goltz's influential military work. In English, translated by Major G. F. Leverson. Containing the author's views 'as to the conduct of the principle strategical and tactical operations of war. ' Intended to be 'a short and convenient introduction to a deeper study of the rules which should underlie the direction of the ever-varying incidents of modern fighting'. With an extensive publisher's catalogue to rear. Condition: In a cloth covered binding. Externally, sound with slight shelfwear. Internally, firmly bound, bright and clean. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.

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        NAPHTA. Organ des Gal. Landes Petroleum Vereines für die Petroleum- u. Erdwachs-Industrie (od. auch Zeitschrift für die Petroleum-Industrie und Bohrtechnik). Hrsg. v. R. ZALOZIECKI

      Lemberg, 1899-1907.. Jg. 7-9, 11-15 (pro Jg. 24 Hefte). Zus. 8 Bde. gr.-8°. Mit 1 mehrf. gefalt. Plan u. mehreren (dav. 1 mehrf. gefalt.) Taf. HLn. d. Zt. Tit. gestemp.

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        FROM PLOTZK TO BOSTON

      1899. Paperback. Acceptable. ANTIN, Mary. FROM PLOTZK TO BOSTON. With a Foreword by Israel ZANGWILL. Boston: W. B. Clarke & Co., 1899. First edition. 80 pp. 8vo., light reddish brown wrappers printed in black. Extremities of wrappers chipped, darkened. An acceptable copy of a fragile item. Included in the Masterworks of Modern Jewish Writing Series in 1986. This is a first edition of Antin's first book, a record of her voyage from her native Plotzk, White Russia, to America. Mary[ashe] Antin (1881-1949) spent her childhood in a small town in the pale. Like other immigrant children, in the days when grade levels were determined by competence in English rather than age, thirteen year old Antin squeezed herself into a desk meant for a kindergarten child. Her intelligence and evident literary gifts quickly impressed her teachers. Eager to demonstrate how much an immigrant child could accomplish in only four months, one of Antin's teachers sent her composition "Snow" to the periodical Primary Education. After seeing her name in print for the first time, Antin was determined to become a writer. She attended the Girl's Latin School of Boston, and later New York Teacher's College of Columbia University. Incredibly, FROM PLOTZK TO BOSTON was written when the author was only eleven years old! "...it was at that age that she first wrote the thing in Yiddish, though she was thirteen when she translated it into English" (Israel Zangwill, Foreword, p. 7). Antin's story bravely articulated the Jewish immigrant experience - "for, despite the noble spirit in which the Jews of America have grappled with the invasion, we still know too little of the feelings of the people themselves" (ibid). Thirteen years later, Antin would publish the work for which she would be best remembered, her autobiography entitled THE PROMISED LAND (UJE, Volume 1, 337). Jewish Women in America, Volume 1.

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        Ein Heldenleben: Tondichtung fur grosses Orchester

      Leipzig: F. E. C. Leuckart, 1899. First Edition. Cloth. Good. Folio - 14.5 X 11 inches. 139 pp. Large folio, full score. Cream-colored linen with smudging and wear to extremities, with bright gilt lettering to spine and boards. Pages somewhat tanned with soiling at page grabs and some flattened-out creasing. Conductor's marks in red and blue have been erased fairly effectively. Leaf 91-92 has been torn and repaired with tape, which should be removed and repaired with archival methods. Previous owner's stamp on title page. The title page is a beautiful presentation with decorative type in deep forest-green type. The engraved performance rights warning has been written out and signed by Strauss. At top of TP: ''Wilhelm Mengelberg und dem Concertgebouw-Orchester in Amsterdam gewidmet.'' At bottom: ''Lith. Anst. v. C.G. Roder, Liepzig. Plate number F.E.C.L. 5200. Probably released simultaneously with the studienparitur (quarto) and piano four-hand edition.

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        Når vi døde vågner.

      En dramatisk Epilog i tre Akter. Orig. udgave. Kbhvn. 1899. 202 s. Indbundet med guldsnit i originalt komponeret hellærred. Navn på titelblad. Publisher's decorated gilt cloth, all edges gilt. Old name on titelpage. Else a nice copy

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        THE UNIVERSAL ANTHOLOGY

      1899, 33 volume complete set, THE UNIVERSAL ANTHOLOGY - MANUSCRIPT EDITION #10 of 26, very scarce indeed.  Edited by Richard Garnett, published by The Clarke Company, London and Merrill & Baker, New York, et. al. Large full crimson morocco volumes adorned with floral corner motifs with gilt.  Gilt monograms on center face of inner leather doublures, descriptive tissue guards, old owners bookplates, clean, tight, no foxing or stains,  light even sunning to spines, gorgeous supple leather, color frontispieces with black and white engravings through out, t.e.g., all are very good to near fine, two having very minor restorations to spines, all as shown. The very best of ancient, modern and medieval literature, all with biographical and explanatory notes, these are investment worthy volumes. Over five feet of shelving for this set, all 8 x 10 inches.  Authors include Andrew Lang, Ceasar, Voltaire, Anthony and Cleopatra, etc., writings such as The Fairwell Address of George Washington, wide variety of subject matter.  See the many photos provided, ask any questions.  Thank you for viewing, see our other fine books for sale.

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        Sports and Games in the Open Pictured by

      New York: Harper & Brothers, 1899. First edition. Owner?s name to front pastedown, small tears to two flaps of portfolio, still a very pleasing copy. Folio.

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        Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe from the 16th to the 19th Century

      Philadelphia: George Barrie & Son Publishers, c 1899. Edition de L'‹toile, Number 80 of 200 numbered copies, printed on Japanese Vellum. 24 vols., 8vo. with 160 illustrations, including hand-colored frontispieces and photogravure plates throughout, all in double-suite in sepia and Hand-colored. Bound in full green morocco, gilt spine with red leather onlays, minor fading and rubbing to spines, with magnificent doublures of green morocco with brown inlaid morocco arabesque design on front and back pastedowns, with moire silk endpapers, a.e.g. by Barrie . Consists of 'secret memoirs" of Marie Antoinette, Empress Josephine, Henry Swinburne, Marguerite de Valois, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Madame de Montespan, William II of Germany and Francis Joseph, the Courts of St. Petersburg, Austria, St. Cloud, Berlin, Sweden and Denmark and the royal family of France during the Revolution

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        Three Elegies. Lycidas by John Milton. Adonais by Percy B. Shelley. Thyrsis by Mathew Arnold

      n.p.: At the Ashendene Press, 1899. (ASHENDENE PRESS) Number 18 of 50 copies printed from Fells english type. 4to. viii, 49 pp. Full blue cloth preserving original printed tan wrappers. With Newbegin's San Fransisco label at back. Ashendene Bibliography X; Ransom #11 . "The last book printed on the Ashendene Press before its removal to Shelley House, Chelsea..."

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        The River War

      This is a superlative jacketed copy of the rarest reprint of The River War. Churchill's second book, originally published in 1899, recounts his experiences and reflections concerning British involvement in the Sudan. The text is arresting, insightful, powerfully descriptive, and of enduring relevance. As a young officer in a colonial British army, Churchill was unusually sympathetic to the Mahdist forces and critical of the British army. This work offers us the candid perspective of the future great man of the 20th century from the distinctly 19th century battlefields where Churchill learned to write and earned his early fame. In 1933, a so-called "Second Cheap Edition" was made from plates of the 1902 edition with a bibliographically significant new introduction by the author explaining that "A generation has grown up which knows little of why we are in Egypt and the Sudan." There were ultimately five printings of this edition. All are now highly sought in the original dust jackets, but most scarce is the dust jacket for this 1940 printing - the only wartime printing. The dust jacket is unique to this printing. Survival rate for these jackets is quite low, likely owing to the thin, white paper on which they were printed. The condition of this jacket is the very best we have ever seen, with a fine book beneath. The pale purple binding is bright and clean with square corners and just a little discoloration at the base of the spine corresponding to a small chip in the dust jacket. The contents are crisp, clean, bright, and tight with no spotting. There is a single inked owner inscription in beautiful script dated "July 18, 1942" on the front pastedown. The dust jacket is a treat - unclipped, bright, and with only trivial wear. Losses are confined to trivial corner wear with the exception of a .25 inch chip at the lower rear hinge. Two 1 inch closed tears are located at the upper rear hinge and at the rear flap fold. Very light soiling to the white panels. Overall a truly superior jacketed example of this scarce and fragile edition. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover. Bibliographic reference: Cohen A2.4.c, Woods/ICS A2(da.3), Langworth p.33.

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